Quitting your job to travel the world is probably the ultimate dream, something that this Colorado couple seriously considered and then took action on. Tanner and Nikki were only in their mid-20s, but they had been saving their money for years prior to purchasing their 28-foot sailboat. They already had a boat, but it was nearing 50 years old. Instead they sold everything they owned and spent $10,000 to upgrade to something a little more reliable.
The couple decided to take it for a test run from the Alabama coast down to Key West, Florida, before they went global. Everything looked completely fine as they set sail, bound for a small fishing town called John’s Pass. The two and their pug had the wind on their face as they learned the mechanics of maneuvering the boat, but then disaster struck.
More specifically, the boat struck something. The couple couldn’t see any damage, but they knew it had been done when their boat began taking on gallons of water at a rapid pace. By the time rescuers got there an hour later, the boat was mostly underwater, and most of their possessions had floated away. They did manage to save a few things, including their phones, IDs, and some cash. Their pug was also completely fine.
“I sold everything I had to do this,” Tanner admitted with remorse, “and I lost everything in a matter of 20 minutes.” On top of their vital loss, the couple was also forced to pay for the clean up, which was estimated to cost upwards of $10,000. That meant that they were now $20 grand in the hole with absolutely nothing to show for it. They didn’t even have insurance.
Sailing experts acknowledged that the particular channel they were trying to sail through was known for being especially difficult, even for seasoned captains, due to its shifting sandbars. “The boat sank, but our dreams didn’t sink with the boat,” the couple stated. They still plan on purchasing a new boat once they’re able and fulfilling their dream.